Milk-painted box

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Project by llwynog posted 206 days ago 1086 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small project was a comissioned work from my wife.
She wanted a box to store medicines and she requested it to look like a weathered/antiquated painted box.
As a first try, I practised the technique on my tool chest ( with the mixed results everyone reported…
Still, I went forward and proceeded with this smaller box.

Woods are pine for the painted parts, alder and spalted beech (rescued from the firewood pile) for the non-painted parts.

The verdict : my wife thought that the paint “did not look old and weathered enough”. I guess that it takes more practice (which will not come easily as I am not a great fan of painting wood).

Until next time,

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#1 posted 205 days ago

I love it. Boxes are so useful. This one is attractive and unique. Why did you decide to hinge the narrow side? That’s a nice change of pace. Are they inset or surface mounted?

Are your corners mitered? Hard to tell. And may I ask the dimensions? I’d like to try a box like this one. I’m guessing it is about 14” x 8” x 5” tall.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 205 days ago

Hello Jerry,
I put the hinges (surface mounted) on the small side as I first envisioned a double-hinged lid with a mirror that could fold back. In the end, my wife preferred to have a medicine box so I opted for a sliding tray and a single hinge line.

The corners of the main box were dovetailed, the corners of the tray were fillistered and grooved.

As for the dimension, I did not measure anything and went by with the scraps of wood that were available. The proportions were 1 unit high, 2 units wide and 3 units deep. In this case, one unit being something in the order of 12cm (4”3/4).

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#3 posted 205 days ago

Interesting box. I’ve worked with milk paint in the past with mixed results using western red cedar. Just mainly tissue boxes for around the house.

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#4 posted 205 days ago

My wife approves of it and says it is beautiful…soooo if your wife doesn’t want it…let me know ;-)

-- Always mistake at a time.

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#5 posted 205 days ago

A very cool box.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 205 days ago

Nice combo of painted and raw wood, great.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 205 days ago

WOW a milk painted spalted gem.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 205 days ago

A very pleasant and traditional variation. I like it a lot. I’ll have to go back and rethink milk paint, and give it more consideration for future projects. Thanks for jogging our thinking.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 205 days ago

Wonderful project once again lovely milk paint.
Amazing life in that wood.
Happy wife!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 202 days ago

Cool and lovely box! Like the weathered look of the milk paint and the inside is beautiful as well with the spalted beech. Great job!

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